CRTC Investigates Fundraising Tactics Used By Canada's Miracle Channel
"One of Canada's biggest religious television networks was hit by the sudden departure of its president this week, but a management shuffle at the Miracle Channel will have little impact on its clashes with the federal broadcast regulator.
The CRTC had recently required the Miracle Channel to provide revamped fundraising guidelines several months ago after fielding complaints.
Hosts have told viewers to cash in their RRSPs, one of several on-air statements that prompted CRTC concerns. "There is somebody right now watching, and God is speaking to them about RRSPs," a host told viewers in 2004. "They've got RRSPs, and they've got a sizable amount, and it's a security thing. Well, it's not a security thing; your security is in God. And God's speaking to you to cash those in. And I dare you to do it."
The CRTC warned the network in a subsequent letter: "Encouraging viewers to donate does not pose a problem in itself; however, manipulating viewers into giving to the station is not acceptable."
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